Q:

What's the best treehouse for a weekend getaway?

My girlfriend and I want to spend a getaway weekend in a tree. What do you recommend?

Nov 1, 2011
Outside
Outside Magazine
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There’s definitely something about spending the night in a treehouse that takes you back to childhood days; It’s doubly cool when your mom isn’t yelling up to you to be quiet so you don’t wake the neighbors. Here are three treehouses in the United States where you can spend a long weekend high above the ground.

Cedar Creek Treehouse, Washington
Perched 50 feet up a two-century-old western red cedar in the shadow of Mount Ranier, Cedar Creek is the granddaddy of treehouse hotels in the US, if not the world. At the top of the winding staircase you’ll find a simple kitchen, a bathroom with a camp toilet, a sleeping loft, and a glass-walled observation room. Electricity is provided by solar panels, and owner Bill Compher hauls the water supply up to the rooms. If, for whatever reason, you feel compelled to spend some time on the ground, the Nisqually River entrance to Mount Rainier National Park is just 10 minutes away by car. $300 per night per couple, adults only.

Edisto River Treehouses, South Carolina
Unlike the other spots on this list, you have to earn the privilege of staying in an Edisto River Treehouse. Reaching it entails paddling 13 miles through cypress and willows on the slow-flowing blackwater of the Edisto until you reach the Edisto River Refuge in southeastern South Carolina. The three treehouses on site are relatively hidden from each other. None have electricity or hot water, but each has little luxuries, like a grill on the porch and a rope hammock. Bring your own food. $150 per person per night.

Winvian Resort, Connecticut
Carved into the Litchfield Hills a couple of hours from both Boston and New York City, the posh, quirky Winvian Resort is a destination unto itself—which makes sense, considering the price. Spread across its 113 acres are 13 cottages, all built on different themes. Among them are the rustic Log Cabin, the barn-inspired Stable, and the Helicopter (complete with a Sikorsky in the living room). The Treehouse cabin is constructed 35 feet above the ground, and comes complete with two wood-burning fireplaces. You can hike, mountain bike, play croquet, canoe, take a hot air balloon ride, or get a treatment in the world-class spa, all on or near the Winvian property. The all-inclusive rate of $1,600 per night includes meals and alcohol, but not spa treatments. Slightly less pricey a la carte rates start at $950, double occupancy.

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